A Kwazulu-Natal diver who was nicked by a shark when it dashed at him to grab his freshly speared rock cod is unshaken and rather fascinated by his latest shark advance across.
Yup, you did read correctly, ‘latest’ advance across. For this seasoned diver has been up shut and personal with many shark species now not least hammerheads, and even a great white shark.
Diver recounts his clash with a shark
Jarid Norman, 38, an Umdloti creative clothier and charter boat proprietor said he initially plan he had stabbed himself with his speargun but then seen what appeared to be a shark’s teeth lodged in his bleeding head.
He said the latest up shut and personal sighting last week was the first of its variety of the more than 100 encounters he has had with sharks since he began diving as a teenager.
“I have always dived at Umdloti at that station and even moved there to dive. I was going out on a routine dive and sharks are always around, it’s like snakes are in the garden and they leave you alone unless you antagonise them or have something that they want,” Norman said.
“I had correct shot a rock cod and pulled it out of the hole and and plan, ‘yay I have dinner’. Usually in the white water shallow area you don’t really have sharks around because they stay in deeper water and are now not as sneaky as this one,” Norman said.
“I reached down for my dive knife and it felt like something correct punched me in the head. It was now not an attack, it was going for the fish in my hand. It’s like a dog, if you are preserving a pie and it goes for the pie and bites your hand it’s a case of mistaken identity,” he said.
“I initially plan my dive partner had perhaps been dumped on me and I popped my head as much as examine around and saw him a few meters away…and then… it came straight back at me and judging by measurement it wasn’t a massive shark like Jaws but he was colossal ample to have cheek and he came at me and pulled the rock cod from me,” Norman said.
‘I plan maybe I stabbed myself
Norman said that when he seen blood in the water he assumed it was from the rock cod.
“I told my partner that I had correct shot a rock cod and a ‘little Johnny’ (shark) took it from me. I said I correct acquired ‘taxed’ the little Johnny took it and he said ‘no your head is bleeding’,” Norman said.
“I felt my head and there was something in it and I plan maybe I had stabbed myself but when I weak the mirror in the car I saw that it was a bone color. It was a little fragment of the shark’s teeth,” he said.
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Shark advance across ‘the fun of a lifetime’
Norman said the KZN Sharks Board had asked him to take the teeth to their premises to gawk whether it will likely be weak to name the variety of shark.
“They want to explore why the sharks are changing into a little mettlesome and getting a bit closer than usual,” he said.
His latest advance across has left him unshaken and entirely more certain to capture on movie the shark behaviour that has always fascinated him.
“I admire the ocean, my passion is the ocean. My pal studied marine biology and I learned with him,” he said.
Asked how this advance across compared to his varied shark experiences Norman said: “I have never had an advance across like this in 25 years. When I was scuba diving at Aliwal shoal a great white passed overhead and it was correct sheer exuberance, smart that it is an endangered species. Hammer head sharks dart past it’s top to you have acquired fish on you. There are 9 nurse sharks, which are like the pet dogs of the ocean, that dwell in a special hole in Umhloti. I waddle to the hole with my dive torch to watch them,” Norman said.
“I have a fresh Stagger-Pro and I am now not leaving it at home again when I waddle diving.”